Clean-up at Centennial Park
A small but
energetic group of volunteers, Denise and Ray Aquista, Bill Morgan, Pete
Peterson and Dennis Gregg spent the morning of June 6 removing trash from the
tributaries that run into Crossville’s Centennial Park. Four giant garbage bags of various materials
were removed. We also got to appreciate
the many plants that are flourishing along these streams and drainageways.
Plant Tour of
Centennial Park Followed
The following week after the
clean-up was a plant tour of Centennial Park.
The tour was cut short after an hour by rain, but four people who had
never had the tour (or even been to Centennial Park before) learned about the
plants and their function in the park.
Nature Camp at
Cumberland Mountain State Park
Mountain State Park has a Junior Ranger Camp for three age groups that happens
over two week in June. Dennis Gregg was invited to help out on the Water Day
with two of the groups, the 5-7 year olds, and the 15-18 year olds. With both groups, he took them to a stream
and explained to them about the aquatic insects that live on the bottom around
the rocks and encouraged them to look for these bugs and talked about their
role in the life of the stream. With the
older group, he explained what the watershed was like upstream of the park and
also showed and explained about the restoration work that OWCA had completed
last fall. Everybody had fun while they were learning.
Staff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park.
OWCA is going to begin honoring an individual in the community each month who is making a contribution to protect and enhance our environment. To make a nomination, contact Angela Damron at 931-210-3605.
July 26 -
Don’t Miss It!
One of the
challenges of any non-profit organization is getting the word out about
yourself and what you do. While we are
in our ninth year and feel like we’ve accomplished an amazing amount, most
people in Cumberland County have never heard of us and even if they have seen
or heard our name, don’t know what we do as an organization. Yes, we get articles in the paper sometimes,
but people are more likely to remember the focus of the article - our work at
Centennial Park, for example - than the name of the group that did it. If you live on a stream and are concerned
about whether the water in that stream is clean and healthy, maybe you’ve paid
a little more attention and you know who were are. The fact is we’re all bombarded with
information all the time and we can’t pay attention to everything. We’d go nuts!
survival as an organization depends on getting our message out, getting people
to become members, and turning that commitment to our mission into on-going
support for the organization and its activities.
OWCA’s premier event designed to draw in the public. The central idea is simple - invite families
to come to Meadow Park Lake and try out a paddle-powered boat - canoe, kayak,
or sit-on-top. We know that people who
take up paddle sports as a recreational activity care about whether the water
they are paddling in is clean, so getting people into a boat is the first step
in that process. But we don’t
tell them all that, we just say, “Come Have Some Fun!”
from June START HERE!
A major milestone was achieved as
the Final Report was completed for this project. The document is over 70 pages long, which
does not include the photographs that were taken. The next step is to create a Powerpoint
Presentation so that an overview can be presented to the public. We’ll be working on this the first few weeks
Also, the city of Crossville will continue to process the
data until it is fully integrated into their system so that they will be able
to go to the map and click on a data point and all the data and the photographs
taken there will come up.